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Behavioral Economics and Bioethics

A Journey

  • Examines questions in bioethics from a contemporary behavioral economics perspective

  • Draws on disciplines as wide-ranging as economics, ethics, ecology, medicine, and philosophy

  • Lays out a framework for two types of justice in the bioethics sphere, static and dynamic


Part of the Palgrave Advances in Behavioral Economics book series (PABE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Li Way Lee
    Pages 1-4
  3. Selves in a Patient

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Li Way Lee
      Pages 7-15
    3. Li Way Lee
      Pages 17-23
    4. Li Way Lee
      Pages 25-32
  4. Physician and Patient

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Li Way Lee
      Pages 35-40
    3. Li Way Lee
      Pages 41-48
  5. Young People and Old People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Li Way Lee
      Pages 51-58
    3. Li Way Lee
      Pages 59-68
  6. People and Animals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Li Way Lee
      Pages 81-86
    3. Li Way Lee
      Pages 95-100
  7. Present People and Future People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 111-113

About this book


This book takes readers on a journey through the wide universe of bioethics, raising the following question: what is the proper attitude towards health, life, and death from the perspective of contemporary behavioral economics? Drawing on fields as diverse as economics, ethics, ecology, biology, and philosophy, this book seeks to uncover the bioethics we accomplish, not the moral principles that we advocate. This book covers life-and-death issues arranged around five themes: selves, persons, populations, species, and “Future Earth”. Ultimately, the author illustrates two kinds of justice: static and dynamic. Static justice prevails whenever parties are free to bargain with each other, while dynamic justice follows from parties' interactions over time. An examination into these types of justice reveals one particularly striking phenomenon: attempts by others to tip the balance of justice have a tendency to backfire. Of primary interest to behavioral economists, this book will also appeal to scholars studying bioethics, ecology, medicine, and philosophy, as well as all people dealing with issues of health, dying, and death. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State University DetroitUSA

About the authors

Li Way Lee is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Wayne State University, USA. He is also a member of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE).

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